Are you a real scientist? Yes. I completed my Doctorate in Science Education in 2011 at QUT, researching the ways in which teachers teach science through 'inquiry learning' - it was great fun! Now I spend my time helping other people to become scientists, helping teachers to teach science, and helping other educational scientists to share their research (being a 'peer reviewer' for both Australian and International science education journals). How did you learn all these things? (my most popular question!) I read. Also, I love to ask questions. People tend to be very good at learning the things they're interested in, and I just happen to be interested in science and philosophy, so that's what I've learnt a lot about. You can learn a lot about your favourite things too, especially if you want someone to pay you to know it one day! Life is great, grab every opportunity to learn! Is your real name Dr Joe? Why? I started in kindergartens, where everyone was Mr Joe or Mrs Jane. So when I completed my doctorate in science education in 2011 I 'graduated' myself to Dr Joe, though my birth name is Joseph Ireland. My friends, however, call me Dr Joe, so you can call me Dr Joe too! Where did you get all these great science toys? Some of them I made myself, just to show you how easy it can be sometimes to build fun and useful science toys right at home. Some of this equipment I had to buy from specialist science shops and they cost a lot, such as the $500 Van DeGraff Electrostatic generator. But most of these science toys come right from everyday stores, such as the spinning toys or magnets. Science is so much fun you can get it anywhere! Why not take a moment to submit your own question for Dr Joe? Click contact us!
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